Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hope After Suicide by Wendy Parmley -- Spotlight

Hope After Suicide

Author: Wendy Parmley

Publisher: Plain Sight

Published: August 2014

ISBN 978-1-4621-1500-6

Paperback: 216 pages

Summary

We all have a story—hidden secrets buried in dark and rocky earth. Our task is to unearth—to release the pain and discover the good, discover the healing, discover the love. Uncovering the darkness makes space for the light.
After her mother took her own life, Wendy Parmley learned firsthand the heartache, despair, and loneliness that accompanies losing a loved one to suicide. At one point she even contemplated taking her own life as well. In this uplifting true narrative, you too can discover how to:
  • Forgive yourself and others
  • Open your heart
  • Seek help when you need it
  • Draw closer to the divine

Embrace the light and learn how to heal your soul and overcome loss as you read this touching and tender account of a woman opening her heart years after her mother’s suicide.

Hope after Suicide is sold at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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Follow Wendy on Twitter and on her blog at www.wendyparmley.com.

Wendy Parmley, RN, MBA suffered a disabling bicycle accident in September 2011. Unable to return to her 20 year nursing career because of the continued effects of a traumatic brain injury, Wendy began the slow and painful penning of her angel mother’s story and Wendy’s healing journey following her mom’s suicide death. Twelve-year-old Wendy’s mom took her life when just 31 years old, leaving behind her husband of thirteen years and their five young children.

Author of Hope after Suicide: One Woman’s Journey from Darkness to Light, and suicide survivor of 40 years, Wendy has long advocated for suicide prevention. She participates on various professional and community based groups dedicated to that end, including Hope4Utah and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). 

Wendy also recognizes the need to unashamedly support those who must continue to live in the painful aftermath of a loved one’s suicide and passionately lends her voice to that cause. Wendy was a favorite speaker at the recent Salt Lake City National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) annual conference and at the Chainbreaker Foundation. Wendy’s heart-felt story leaves the audience filled with an abundance of love, understanding, and hope as she shares her own journey from heartbreak to hope and, finally, to healing.

Prior to her bike accident, Wendy worked in nursing leadership for 14 years, earning her nursing degree from Utah Valley University in 1991. Wendy graduated with her MBA from Brigham Young University in 2007 and was honored to be the convocation speaker. Wendy has three sons and daughters-in-law, one daughter, and two beautiful grandchildren who fill her life with sunshine. She and her husband Mark live in Orem, Utah.  

Hope after Suicide has been endorsed by Hope4Utah’s executive director, Dr. Gregory Hudnall. It has also been listed on AFSP’s list of resources and received a positive review from the American Association of Suicidology. Parmley was invited to represent her work as a panelist at the 2015 Virginia Festival of the Book.  


Friday, May 1, 2015

MariKay's Rainbow by Marilyn Weimer -- Book Blitz


Let's get to know Marilyn

Marilyn Kaye Weimer
Watercolor Artist and Fiction Author

Marilyn completed a three year Famous Artist Course. She studied commercial art at the Kansas University and completed her Associate of Arts with a degree in design at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. in 1987 where she first began writing.

A member of the Romance Writers of America for five years, member of San Diego and Riverside, CA and Arizona RWA organizations and three critique groups helped her to learn and improve her writing skills. A continued writing effort of various courses and contests is ongoing.  

 Marilyn won an honorable mention award for a watercolor landscape in the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art in the 2002 membership art show. Her watercolor landscape won first place in the 2010 Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, Inc. People’s Choice Award held in St. Louis, MO.

Marilyn teaches both watercolor and pastel mediums. A recent member of St Joseph Writer’s Guild and Glass Eye Gallery in St Joseph, MO
 

 Jerry Pruitt loves his tiny home town so much that he is trying to bring it back to life by renovating and reopening some of its businesses. But the disappearance of a young woman and her grandmother and the strange circumstances surrounding the event and his possible part in it begin to consume Jerry and threaten to undermine his dreams for the town, his marriage and even his sanity.

Pick up your copy of the book here. 

Snippet Time!

 "Something unusual is going on, but what? He stares harder. There. Again. His heart beats faster. His damp feet are colder. The humidity, perspiration and a slight breeze cause a chill. He sees the flash again. This is not my imagination, he tells himself. Those lights are not from the construction site. Oil riggers use continuous spots or motion detectors, not vacillating or movable lights. Goose bumps cover Jerry's arms. Chilled, he knows he should go into the house but he doesn't want to miss the next flash. Again the light splashes against the horizon. The colors change, first blue, to green, then yellow. The lights flash and disappear."

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Robin's Reward by June McCrary Jacobs -- Spotlight/Giveaway

Robin's Reward

Author: June McCrary Jacobs

Publish Date: April 28th, 2015

Paperback

Summary 

Bonita Creek’s librarian Robin Bennett is heartbroken after being abandoned by her husband, Thomas. The mysterious and handsome Jeff Clarke arrives unexpectedly and touches Robin’s life with his wit and warmth. Then, without warning, Jeff’s harsh words and abrasive actions scare her off, and Robin’s hope of finding true love withers again. 
Just when it seems Robin and Jeff might have a future, Susan Stinson, whose cruel taunting has plagued Robin since they met as young teens, decides Jeff should be hers, not Robin’s. Susan’s anger and jealousy escalate dangerously. Her vindictiveness threatens the foundation of Jeff and Robin’s young relationship.
Robin’s journey through the peaks and valleys of her life meanders along the twists and turns of new challenges. Is a relationship which began with both parties harboring secrets destined to survive? Can they move past their troubles and the obstacles in their path to find love and happiness together? When their pasts rear their ugly heads, Jeff and Robin must use their faith to remain strong and true. But will it be enough for them to embrace a life of love, trials, and blessings . . . together? 
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"Robin's Reward, a sweet romance with great characters, is as refreshing as a walk among flowers."
Author Rebecca H. Jamison, Sense & Sensibility: A Latter-Day Tale.

GIVEAWAY FOR A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF 'ROBIN'S REWARD'

June is giving away two signed copies of 'Robin's Reward' on her website. (United States residents only. No purchase necessary.) The Rafflecopter contest will end on May 31st, and June would like to invite readers to enter for a chance to win one of these paperbacks. Here's the link to the entry form:   


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author, June McCrary Jacobs, was the winner of Cedar Fort Publishing’s 2013 Holiday Tale Contest for her debut novella, ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom’. ‘Robin’s Reward’ is her first full-length novel, and is set in her favorite location in California—the Mendocino coastal region. This book is the first installment of the ‘Bonita Creek Trilogy’.
June’s original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and blogs in the past few years. When she’s not writing, reading, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, and visiting art and history museums. She also enjoys touring historic homes and gardens and strolling around the many historic Gold Rush towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills. In the summertime you can find June at a variety of county fairs and the California State Fair admiring the sewing projects, quilts, and handiwork other inspired seamstresses, quilters, craftspeople, and artists have created. 

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